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Perry County, Ohio
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Perry County, Ohio Facts

When was Perry County, OH Created?
Perry County was created on March 1, 1818 from Fairfield CountyMuskingum County and Washington County. This county was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer of the War of 1812.

What is the County Seat of Perry County, OH?
The County Seat is located in New Lexington also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Perry County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Licking CountyMuskingum CountyMorgan CountyAthens CountyHocking CountyFairfield County .

Perry County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Perry County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Perry County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Perry County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

Perry County, OH Census Records

What Perry County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Perry County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Perry Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Perry Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Perry Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Perry County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Perry County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Perry County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Perry County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Perry County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Perry County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Perry County, OH?
A list of Perry County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Perry County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 275, Junction City, OH 43748-0275; Perry County Chapter, OGS meets on the second Saturday of the month at the Perry County District Library, 117 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, OH at 12:30pm. There is no meeting in December. This OGS Chapter’s holdings are housed in the MacGahan Room of the New Lexington Library at 216 Jackson Street in New Lexington. Visitors are welcome during regular library hours. Call (740) 343-4192 for hours of operation.
  • Perry County Historical Society, 105 S Columbus St, PO Box 684, Somerset, OH 43783-0684; Phone: (740) 743-1913; The Perry County Historical Society sponsors informative programs and exhibits, a history contest, and provides assistance with historical projects and research.
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

Where can I connect with other Perry County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Perry County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Perry County.

Perry Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Perry Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Perry Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Perry Co. OH General and History Websites

Perry Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Perry Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. OH Military Records